I’m not much of a ice skater. In fact, I think prior I’ve only once or twice in my life actually been skating. People are so shocked to hear that I can’t skate; that being Canadian I automatically should be able to play all forms of winter sports. Sorry to rock your world!
This winter it seemed like a good opportunity to hit the rink and give it go. I fell a bunch a bunch of times and smashed up my knee hard one fall, but it was fun!
February is the peak skating season in Japan. Compared to Europe, ice hockey is the least played sports among the Japanese youth and so was Figure Skating. Figure Skating has gained popularity only after Japan won its first Olympic gold medal in 2006. Today, more and more youngsters are attracted to the sports and can be found enjoying skating rinks during this time of the year. We have rounded up a few of those that are open all year and some that are open for a limited period of time, for you and the family to check out and enjoy together. Have fun gliding this season! (Tokyo Families Magazine)
Citizen Ice Skate Rink
Open all season, 60m — 30m rink authentic hockey by international standards.
●Discount available for group bookings
● Skating classes offered.
● Hours (open year-round)
● Mon-Sat 12am-7:45pm
● Sundays/Holidays 10am-6:30pm
● General Day Pass – adults ¥1,300; children ¥800
● Shoe rental fees (16cm~32cm) ¥500
● Admission ¥400
● Nearest station: Takadanobaba (Tozai and JR Yamanote lines)
Citi Ice Rink in Tokyo Midtown
Outdoor rink located in Roppongi Midtown. Rink size 20m x 40m. Open to adults and children.
● Adults (Junior high school students and older) ¥1,500; children ¥1,000
● Shoe, gloves rental available
● 11am-10pm (admission until 9pm)
● Open until Feb 28
● Nearest station: Roppongi (Hibiya, Toei-Oedo lines)
Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink
Open to beginners and professionals and open all seasons. Ideal for figure skating, curling and basic ice skating.
● Shoe rental ¥500 per day
● Adults (high school students and older) ¥1,300 per day
● Children (Junior high school students and younger) ¥900 per day
● Admission fee after 3pm: Adults ¥1,000; children: ¥700; observers: ¥300
● Nearest station: Meijingumae (Chiyoda line) Harajuku (JR lines)
White Sacas (Sacas Akasaka) Skating Rink
Now, on its third year, Sacas Akasaka “White Sacas” is an outdoor ice-skating rink that has expanded significantly since its opening in 2008. It is by far the largest rink in Tokyo, complete with illuminations and regular events like skate lessons and competitions.
● Operating hours vary according to day. Check calendar online.
● Adults ¥1,000 per day; children ¥500 per day (elementary students and younger)
● Shoe rental: ¥500 per day; gloves ¥500 per day
● Nearest station: Akasaka (Chiyoda line)
Shin Yokohama Skate Center
Open all season, the skate complex is an ideal practice site for figure skating and ice hockey.
● Adults ¥1,200
● Children ¥700
● Shoe rental: Adults ¥600; children ¥400
● Nearest station: Shin Yokohama (JR Yokohama line)
Kodomo no Kuni Ice Skate Rink
Famous Children’s Park
● Admission until 3pm
● Frequented by families in winter.
● Adults ¥400
● Children ¥150
● Nearest station: Nagatsuta (Denentoshi line)